September 1, 2012

Leide DeFusco - Law Enforcement - Colorado

Captain Leide DeFusco, age 43, died in the line of duty on August 31, 2012, in the San Isabel National Forest in Colorado. 

Leide was a member of the Pueblo County Sheriff's Office, in Colorado. He had over 21 years of service in Law Enforcement with both the County and the City. 

He and John Barger, a retired Pueblo Police Department captain, were searching for marijuana grows in the Wet Mountains. A narcotics task force had raided two large marijuana plantations in the area two weeks earlier and the two were searching for additional grows nearby when radio contact was lost at approximately 9:30 am. A rescue team located the smoldering wreckage of the Piper Super Cruiser in rugged terrain in the San Isabel National Forest, approximately five miles below St. Charles Peak, in Custer County. Mr. Barger was an experienced pilot who provided flight services to local law enforcement agencies.
Mary, pray for Leide

Leide was head of the patrol division, Colorado State University-Pueblo patrol and the narcotics unit. He was preparing to leave for the Federal Bureau of Investigation's National Academy.

Leide is survived by many loving friends and relatives including his wife and 4 children.

Pray for all who die in the line of duty.  They are with us one moment and gone the next.  

Let us pray that Leide DeFusco is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

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